Carbon tax and tribalism
Carbon tax and tribalism

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Carbon tax and tribalism

by Jim Poling Sr. Our federal government is running out of lipstick to put on the pig it calls its carbon pricing policy. But as the famous proverb notes – when you put lipstick on…

ARC to launch new name at spring fundraiser

by Vivian Collings Soon, Abbey Retreat Centre will no longer be ARC. They’re getting ready to reveal a brand new organizational name during a spring fundraising concert, No One Dances Alone, on Friday, April 12…

Fourcast Addiction Centre breaks the stigma

by Thomas Smith Anybody in the catchment area of Fourcast’s five offices including Lindsay, Minden, Campbellford, Cobourg, and Peterborough can attend counselling and services offered. All of their services are offered 1-on-1. “All of our…

Ins and outs of ice

by Jim Poling Sr. Many of us got fooled with ice out predictions this year. The mild, almost non-existent winter, had many predicting ice off the lakes in March. There just wasn’t enough really cold…

12 Months Swimmers make splashes year-round

by Thomas Smith Joleen Thomas and Amanda Austin started swimming together 16 years ago. “I had a couple of babies and I was looking for something to do in the summertime that was easy in…

Politics and evangelicals

From Shaman’s Rock By Jim Poling Sr. What used to be a source of pride for me has become a source of shame. My father’s family had evangelical roots since coming to North America almost…

Be wary of measles, says Public Health

by James Matthews, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Students are out of the classrooms this week and the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit (HKPR District Health Unit) is advising residents to be cautious traveling…

Free wood: Minden’s lumber reuse program

by Thomas Smith The Lumber Reuse Program at the Scotch Line Landfill started in late October of 2023. A large amount of high quality, usable lumber was being shipped out of the Scotch Line landfill. …

Libraries are lifesavers

by Thomas Smith Having fun isn’t hard, when you’ve got a library card. I love libraries. Ever since I was a kid, libraries have been a happy and welcoming space. Every time I enter, I…

A time for ad blockers

From Shaman’s Rock By Jim Poling Sr. It’s the curling bonspiel season and I’ve been watching a lot of the games on television. Exciting to watch, but too much time in front of the TV…

We’ve been depressed: HCSA trail closures

by Thomas Smith The Haliburton County Snowmobile Association has wrapped up their season. It lasted for eight weeks. “We’ve been depressed,” says Paul Wilson, treasurer of the Haliburton County Snowmobile Association (HCSA). “It’s a beautiful…

The bird warning us

From Shaman’s Rock By Jim Poling Sr. It’s been an odd winter and as it fades into spring it seems to be getting odder. One of this winter’s oddest things is the absence of birds.…

Minden considers new fire department dispatch service

by James Matthews, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Minden Hills may single-source emergency fire dispatching from a Smith Falls service. Township council decided Feb. 29 to consider an agreement with the Smith Falls Fire Dispatch Centre.…

A mean-spirited ministry

From Shaman’s Rock By Jim Poling Sr. I’m in deep doo-doo with the Ontario government bureaucracy. I awoke today to a Ministry of Natural Resources email telling me I am being fined for not reporting…

Free income tax clinics remove barriers in the…

by Thomas Smith Central Food Network knows that filing your taxes can be a scary, complicated, and stressful process. In collaboration with the Canadian Revenue Agency, free income tax clinics will be offered in Wilberforce,…

Godfathers re-opening

by Thomas Smith “It took so long because we could not find staff,” explains Sydney Murphy, Office Admin and Corporate Trainer from Godfathers. “There’s been a big staffing issue with COVID-19, this store is busy…